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Archive for March 2010

Gurubhakts: Gesture-Controlled Leader-Follower Robots

Gurubhakts: Gesture-Controlled Leader-Follower Robots
Not to be confused with Guru Bhakti, the GuruBhakts are special robots designed to operate in a “follow-the-leader” mode. The ultimate plan for these ‘bots is to allow a remote driver to steer a single robot into a hazardous environment, and the other robots would follow in turn from that single set of actions.

Space Invaders Shake Your Salt and Pepper

Space Invaders Shake Your Salt and Pepper
Boy, it seems like forever since we featured any sort of Space Invaders goodies on the site. Thankfully, the Invaders’ drought appears to be over. Whether or not you like to throw extra seasonings on your food, you’ve got to love these Space Invaders salt and pepper shakers if you’ve got even a bit of 8-bit spirit.
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Logitech Unveils Cheap Harmony 300 Remote

Logitech Unveils Cheap Harmony 300 Remote
I love my wife and kids, but sometimes I just want to line them up and smack ’em all at one time. I bet all of you know exactly what I mean. One of the things that used to drive me crazy was that I was the only one in the house who could figure out how to press a button on the remote and choose an input to change from cable to the PS3.

Dozracer: Bulldozer LEGO Kit Becomes Star Wars Pod Racer

Dozracer: Bulldozer LEGO Kit Becomes Star Wars Pod Racer
The great thing about LEGO bricks is that they can be used to build lots of different things from the same parts. Take this as an example: Martin Latta used the pieces from a 7685 Dozer kit to build a Star Wars pod racer.

Honda Asimo Robot Gets a Redesign After 13 Years

Honda Asimo Robot Gets a Redesign After 13 Years
You’ve probably seen or heard about this little robot, the Honda Asimo. Well, after 13 years, it was time for a much needed redesign. This is actually Honda’s 4th version of the robot. The 3rd version was released in 1997, so it took Honda 13 years to do it.

Iron Man Mr. Potato Head, Aka Tony Starch

Iron Man Mr. Potato Head, Aka Tony Starch
Shellhead turns to Spudhead with the inevitable movie merchandise: the Iron Man Mr. Potato Head. Tony Starch comes with removable parts and pieces, and his head can be replaced with any Mr. Potato Head um, head.

Peppy the Robot Wants What It Can’T have

Peppy the Robot Wants What It Can’T have
…just like a certain species. While Peppy can’t walk or talk or hold things like other advanced robots, he’s been programmed to exhibit a very human trait: discontent, and in a way, greed. By default, Peppy wants to get a hold of his green balloon.

LEGO Boardroom Table: Work and Play Clicking Together

LEGO Boardroom Table: Work and Play Clicking Together
Who says LEGOs have no place in the grown-up world? The table was made by abgc architecture for ad agency Boys And Girls. The agency revamped their new Dublin offices, which had “décor that was decidedly solicitory” and turned it into a simple and bright space similar to an art gallery, with the LEGO table as the centerpiece.

Nintendo 3DS Sneak Preview Video

Nintendo 3DS Sneak Preview Video
So with the Nintendo DSi XL having just hit U.S. stores this week, word is floating around the web that Nintendo is already working on a brand-new handheld that will support true 3D graphics. While there are no images of the 3DS yet, what I have here is a video – no, not of the Nintendo 3DS.

Folding Laptop Concept is More Than Meets the Eye

Folding Laptop Concept is More Than Meets the Eye
When I am working on the road I use a netbook, because hefting even a thinnish ultraportable around all day can be a literal pain. I am all for smaller notebooks and netbooks, as long as they offer enough power to work and are comfortable to use.

Web Browsers Illustrated

Web Browsers Illustrated
Caldwell Tanner is a cartoonist for College Humor and he made this great little cartoon comparing the different browsers to their equivalent modes of transportation… I found this hilarious, especially when I saw what he chose to represent Firefox.

IPod &Amp; iPhone Cable Lights Up While Charging

IPod &Amp; iPhone Cable Lights Up While Charging
I don’t know why there aren’t more cables that light up, but I have to say that these iPod/iPhone charging cables look pretty sweet. This cable runs from your iPod or iPhone to your computer or power plug.

Flipsync Charge & Sync Cable for iPhone & iPod Touch: Also Works as an Expensive Keychain

Flipsync Charge & Sync Cable for iPhone & iPod Touch: Also Works as an Expensive Keychain
Chargers and data cables are very useful but it can be quite a pain to lug them around. Scosche presents an elegant solution for iPhone and iPod Touch owners, with the flipSYNC USB charger and transfer cable.

Man Abducted by… Butterflies?

Man Abducted by… Butterflies?
Our Senseless But Awesome Video of the Day is brought to us by YouTube user retletter. Do you love butterflies? Well they love you too. Very much:

Beads and Bricks: Mario Hitting a Coin Block

Beads and Bricks: Mario Hitting a Coin Block
What can you do with a bunch of beads and a LEGO Mindstorms kit? Make a fully functional jumping Mario question mark block sculpture, that’s what.

Star Wars Belt Buckles: May Your Shorts be With You

Star Wars Belt Buckles: May Your Shorts be With You
Star Wars junkies, here’s a great way to keep your pants from falling down the next time you start dancing your ass off to A Galactic Empire State of Mind. Actually, you’ll first need to buy a belt to keep your pants up, but you could definitely put the proper finishing touch on your belt with one of these Star Wars metal belt buckles.
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